Wednesday, April 28, 2010

banana shake saves the day

there is nothing a mama likes more than to make sure her baby is eating nutritious and balanced meals. unfortunately babies don't seem to care that you spent an hour and a half painstakingly preparing their lunch and often will turn down the tastiest concoctions.

that's when a banana (or pineapple/mango/etc), 1/4 avocado, ice, milk, dha oil, and protein powder in a blender comes in handy. boom, done. i probably shouldn't have but she drank these 'batidos' all the time while we were in mexico. i hadn't even thought about the fact she could get montezuma's revenge. maybe the cinnamon they sprinkled on top is an anti-microbial? 

Sunday, April 18, 2010

welcome to storytime funland!

ask anyone in my family, i'm a total dork when it comes to children's songs. i love to sing, dance and be silly. So when elodie and i stumbled upon storytime funland at one of our favorite little independent bookstores, stories cafe, I was in heaven! The duo, train conductor daniel and ticket taker mindy, have created an amazing world filled with sea monkeys, golden french fries and choo choo trains. they also sell a cd which every adult who takes their child knows by heart (so nice to not be the only one singing along!). elodie isn't walking yet but loves to watch the other children run around and whoop it up. i can't wait until she is in the front row dancing along!

this is one of our favorite weekly activities. every Wednesday 4:30 pm at stories cafe in echo park.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

blueberry girl

i just picked up a book for elodie called blueberry girl by neil gaiman. he is the author of coraline, which i think is amazingly clever. i'm not a huge fan of the illustrations but it is such a lovely poem and i can't help but choke up every time I read it to my blueberry girl. 

'words can be worrisome, people complex; motives and manners unclear. 
grant her the wisdom to choose her path right, free from unkindness and fear.
let her tell stories, and dance in the rain, somersaults, tumble and run; 
her joys must be high as her sorrows are deep, let her grow like a weed in the sun.  
help her to help herself, help her to stand, help her to lose, and to find. 
teach her we’re only as big as our dreams,  show her that fortune is blind.  
truth is a thing she must find for herself, precious, and rare as a pearl; 
give her all these, and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.'

Thursday, April 8, 2010

from mexico, with love.

mariachis & margaritas & mayan ruins OH MY! michael was booked to play at a wedding on the beach in riviera maya, so we packed up the baby and headed to the yucatan peninsula in search of coconut trees, turquoise waves and white sandy beaches. oh, and hammocks! lots and lots of them for relaxing! we found an abundance of them in tulum (where we stayed). we happened upon coqui coqui, a charming little hotel/spa/perfumerie (i came home with a suitcase full of 'flor de naranja' and 'madera') where we slept under the stars in a stone house on the beach. elodie played in the waves, we ate loads of fish tacos, went to some amazing mayan ruins, and michael even found time to book another mexico wedding! max recommended a fabulous photo app for the iphone before we left and here are the results. enjoy!